Pop Warner youth football sued over Wisconsin man’s suicide

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mother of a Wisconsin man who died in 2012 is suing the Pop Warner organization, saying his suicide was the result of dementia caused by brain injuries he suffered while playing youth football.

Joseph Chernach was 25 when he hanged himself in his mother’s shed in Hixton, Wisconsin, in 2012. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin on Thursday says he suffered from a degenerative brain disease called dementia pugilistica. And it alleges he got it from playing for four seasons in a Pop Warner league beginning when he was 11.

The wrongful death lawsuit seeks at least $ 5 million from Pennsylvania-based Pop Warner Little Scholars, the Pop Warner Foundation and their insurance company.

A Pop Warner spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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